Jon Marans

Playwright

JMarans@aol.com
Phone (212) 5815457

Jon Marans is the author of Old Wicked Songs, a 1996 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama, winner of the L.A. Drama Logue Award, and included in Otis Guernsey's Best Plays of 199697. Old Wicked Songs was first presented by Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, then in NYC by Daryl Roth at Playhouse 91, subsequently moving to the Promenade Theater. It was also produced in England, starting at the Bristol Old Vic, then moving to London's West End at the Gielgud Theater starring Bob Hoskins. The play has been translated and produced in a dozen countries around the world and was the second most performed new play in the United States in the 1997-98 season.

Some of his other produced plays and musicals include:

A Strange and Separate People (about gay Orthodox Jews) directed by Joe Brancato recently finished its run at the Penguin Rep and plans to move Off-B'way in the 2007-2008 Season. (NY Times: "A potent, absorbing new play. Mr. Marans has a superb eye and ear for emotional complexity, for the little details of couplehood and for the inner lives of human beings trying to work through major life challenges.". THE JOURNAL: "A new play about Orthodox Jews illuminates universal truths about faith. Jon Marans' play...unfolds with surprise revelations and churning emotions. Its key to engaging an audiences of all faiths, or no faith, is the uniqueness of its people".)

Jumping for Joy. Laguna Playhouse and also at the Independent Theater as part of the 2003 International Adelaide Theater Festival in Australia. ("Unforgettable… Captivating and beautiful. JUMPING FOR JOY is something wondrous… Marans demonstrates a masterful ability to balance humor and horror on a knife-edge." The Orange County Register). Jumping for Joy has just been published by Dramatist Play Service;

Legacy of the Dragonslayers, a 1999 musical based on Studs Terkel's "Coming of Age" (book by Jon Marans, lyrics by Ronnie Gilbert - part of the original blacklisted folk group "The Weavers") San Jose Repertory Theatre, concerning a group of political activists/anarchists still alive and kicking, all over 70 years old;

The musical Irrationals (book & lyrics Jon Marans, music by Edward Thomas) Village Theater in Seattle in 2002 and at ATA, NYC, 2004 about the travails of a high school geometry teacher whose young son committed suicide.

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